The Mysterious Ken Palmer Look Alike - Unsolved Mysteries

A man comes face to face with his exact double and believes they may be related.

Ken Palmer

Ken met his double in the 1940s

CASE DETAILS

Ken never saw the man again

In December of 1943, Ken Palmer was a newly commissioned second lieutenant in the Army Air Corp, on his way to Wisconsin.  During a momentary stop to change trains in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ken had the most remarkable encounter of his life.  He sensed that someone was staring at him.  A quick glance told him why.  Incredibly, Ken was being watched by his exact double:

“I was amazed. And both of us saw it and both of us reacted so much to it.  Both of us set down our bags and stared.  And until I got a hold of myself and extended my hand, he didn’t move.  He was just frozen looking at himself, in a different uniform.  My first thought, of course was that he’s closely related.  We began to exchange our father’s names, our grandfather’s names where we lived, things of this nature.  And that didn’t get it.”

Surprisingly, the two men could not find a single relative in common.  But when Ken mentioned an old family legend, he was stunned by the stranger’s response:

“He added details that I checked out with Dad later and they were accurate, things that I didn’t know.  So it was perfectly obvious that we were related and yet we couldn’t understand how we could be.  I took his name and address, stuffed it in my pocket.  I picked up my luggage and scooted off for my train.  If I’d had the sense… I would’ve stopped right then and we would’ve spent some time together.  When I got on the train and settled, I reached in my pocket to get that slip of paper, it wasn’t there.  It all fell apart at that moment.  I was devastated.”

Ken never saw his double again, and all attempts to find him have been unsuccessful:

“I would like very much to find him, and/or, part of his family. How many times are you going to walk across the station and see that double. Out of all of the people in the United States we walk into one another and we set down our bags and stare at one another.”

Like Ken, the man’s last name was Palmer.  His first name may have been Robert or James.  Ken believes his double lived in the eastern United States, possibly New Jersey.  At the time, the man was either a technical or staff sergeant in the Army Air Corp.


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23 Comments

  1. Very possible match

    Roger C. Palmer 6/5/23-11/7/03

    Grew up in Cincinnati area and was on leave for 10days in Cincinnati area in 1943.
    Detailed information and pictures about his service in the army air corps can be found in link below.

    Butler County Warbirds
    http://www.bcwarbirds.com/roger_c_palmer.htm

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  2. Sylvia Uriegas

    I hope u find your twin Mr. Palmer.

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  3. Diana

    Check out Roy Palmer Indiana born 1921 air corp in 1943, died 1997

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  4. Unsolved Fan

    Such BS! If I bump into my doppelganger I would not let him/her go before making sure to get any contact info. I mean what are the chances of seeing your double?!

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  5. Anonymous

    Oh, come on! Make new Lost Loves pages on Unsolved.com, please. I want to let everybody know that they should try going on Ancestry.com. It can help them find their love ones. Including Martha Brown’s long lost twin brother, Lois Cappoziello’s long lost twin sister and Oscar Norton’s long lost daughter.

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  6. Deidree

    What I wanna know if they were related or if the looks and names were just a coincidence.

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    • Evelyn palmer

      I know this story more than anyone, Ken palmer came to my home in 1992 after many response’s from the show my father Philip palmer contacted him and our story’s matched perfectly, he was on the next plane and at my door, we sat for three days going though pics and letters I had saved from my grandmother’s old steamer trunk, we found a picture of very young blond twin boys I believe to be them, and yes we are the palmer family that the two talked about on that show, it’s true even as a child I remember my grandfather talking about this same thing, as our visit came to an end I knew he had a few more answers but I don’t think he ever found robert,

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      • Cindy Ducklow

        Thank you for the update!

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      • Ginger M Wilson

        post the pics of the twins u have. what were their birth names, whose kids were they. did they get adopted by other Palmer family members? what were their birth days. they are both dead by now so God will answer their questions. I believe they are twins split up and raised separately. God will tell them everything.

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  7. Kathryn Polley

    Try Canada. My mother Born. (Lorraine g. English) my Father (Frederick t Martin) was adopted out to the Berries when his Father died of a lumber jacking accident. told me the same story about two brothers who had to leave England. ( last name Martin) She said one went to Canada and the other was here in the states. She grew up in Georgia. My Dad in South Carolina.

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  8. Eric W Bohannon

    I Get Your X was pregnant with Your Son, by You, Robert James Palmer-pronoposed like
    He is out of The Army, or Brother, he could be, a twin, maybe, You Go to 1 inbetween vfw posts, away, when you joined with the group, on special events. Hope this help.

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  9. Lori

    I live in a small town of Taft California I know there are folks in my town by that name. This story says that he was in the Army Air Corps it just so happens during that time outside of Taft was an Army Air Corps base Gardner field a number of the serviceman who was stationed there upon there discharge from the service because they had met young ladies are in the area return here because of her oil field. my father was stationed out there I will try to go through his yearbook that he had and possibly see if at some point he could have been stationed here

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  10. LaShaunda

    I just watched Mr. Palmer’s story. And he can contact or search the military service member finder database to find the other Mr. Palmer if he has an idea of what year he saw him, his rank, or even where he may have been going when they saw each other. I am going to us the information from the clip and see what I can find.

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  11. Donna Payne

    This sure does look like him! I work with James Malcolm Palmer’s son and just went to this funeral recently.

    http://www.batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com/fh_live/13900/13960/images/obituaries/3018613.jpg
    James Malcolm Palmer
    (April 15, 1921 – March 28, 2015)

    U.S. Veteran
    James Malcolm Palmer, 93, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas exchanged this earthly life for an eternal one, passing away peacefully at his home around loved ones on March 28, 2015. Malcolm was born in the Mings Chapel Community near Gilmer, Texas on April 15, 1921, to Henry Clay Palmer and Lillie Mitchell Palmer.

    On December 31, 1946, he married his sweetheart, Merle Ward Palmer. God blessed them with 68 years of marriage and together they had three wonderful children; Marilyn, Malcolm and Randy.

    Malcolm graduated from Union Grove High School and was a proud military veteran serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII in England and France. He worked for 40 years as a salesman for Nabisco. He had several hobbies but especially enjoyed photography, fishing and woodworking.

    Malcolm was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas for 68 years and loved being a member of the choir for more that 50 of those years.

    Malcolm is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Marilyn Palmer Paris; brother, Howard Palmer and his sister, Cleo Brooks. He is survived by his wife, Merle of Mt. Pleasant; son and daughter-in-law, Malcolm and Torie Palmer of Longview; son, Randy Palmer of Mineola; son-in-law, Paul Paris of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Paul N. Paris, Ashley Sutton, Whitney Moody, Lauren Vasquez, Holly Miller, Clay Palmer and Justin Palmer; eleven great grandchildren.

    Visitation will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home. His service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

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  12. Jeremy Palmer

    I believe he might be talking about my grandfather.Sheldon Palmer from Pennsylvania. He was a staff sergeant

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  13. Jack Carson

    That’s it? Just 7 Lost Loves pages on Unsolved.com? When will you guys make more Lost Loves pages on Unsolved.com? Like The Daughter of Oscar Norton, The Sister of Lois Cappoziello, Robert Brown, Gerry and Terry Robinson and many more. Check them out.
    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Lost_Loved_Ones

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  14. Zero

    It looks like Mr. Ken Palmer passed away in 2006. God rest his soul.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-palmer&pid=18016621

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  15. Zero

    I wish they would have asked each other’s ages to see if they were actually twins. It is likely they were adopted out to family members and raised seperately. Either that or just like some people have doubles, the family genes are that strong. I want to know if Ken is still alive but am not having luck finding out.

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  16. Christina

    Could this be him I wonder http://wwii-army.mooseroots.com/l/78270/James-L-Palmer
    The guy was a staff sergeant in the air corps Born in South Carolina Was a Master Sergeant in the air corps born in 1917 though he enlisted in 1946 so date seems a bit off.

    Though looks like he may of died in 2007 http://grave-records.mooseroots.com/l/5605858/James-Frank-Palmer-SC

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  17. BEVINN

    THERE ARE MANY CASES LIKE THIS AROUND THE WORLD

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ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.